Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Drops of Sunshine

Tuesday we returned to the Peralta Trailhead and hiked the Dutchman trail toward Coffee Flats with our friends, Ron and Barbara. As the day warmed, we found drops of sunshine on the ground, encouraged by the bright sun in the sky.

These are the first poppies we have seen this season. As the day warmed up, we found more and more small patches of the bright flowers.

John just couldn't resist taking a picture of Barbara and me taking pictures of the poppies.

We had a couple of water crossings on the trail. Nothing deep, however.

After about 2 1/2 miles, we stopped for lunch, then started back to the parking lot.

The hillsides were covered with saguaros. A few had died and were reduced to the bare ribs. They have as much character as the living cacti.

When we returned to the trailhead, a younger woman asked where we had hiked. We pointed out the trail we had been on.

It was a good day.

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